According to reports gathered by Owngoalnigeria.com, former coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Philippe Troussier won the race to replace sacked Milovan Rajevac as coach of Algeria, after promising the FA that he will beat Nigeria.
Algeria fired Serbian coach Rajevac after drawing 1-1 at home in their first 2018 World Cup qualifiers tie. A result that made the players revolt and subsequently lead to the sack of the coach, just three months and three games into his tenure as coach.
Their next group game will be against Nigeria in just over three weeks, hence the FA resorted to appointing a coach who has experience of the African terrain in Troussier, who has handled Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, South Africa and Morocco, aside spells with various club sides on the continent.
Frenchman Troussier reportedly told representatives of the Algerian FA during interview for the job, that his knowledge of African football and Nigeria particularly will come handy in Uyo, when both sides meet on the 12th of November.
He reportedly promised the FA that he won’t lose the game to Nigeria, if appointed coach of the team. He also went a step further in boasting that his wealth of experience on the African continent will help Algeria beat Cameroon when they meet again.